15 Apr Moving to a Smaller Home Tips – Do I need Full Service Storage?
The number of people that currently moving to a smaller home is gradually increasing – and there’s an increasingly positive attitude towards it. For anybody who appreciates practicality and compact living space, a large house can be a little overwhelming. For one, the maintenance alone can ran into thousands of dollars, and aside from that, the sheer size of the space means that a lot of useless stuff will accumulate over a period of time.
Preparing to downsize
When moving into a smaller home, the main challenge is to figure out what to do with all the extra stuff. Start by setting up new priorities; what you want, need and crave in your living space. For instance, would you prefer an open floor plan, lots of natural light, etc.? These questions will make it easier to decide what to bring with you and what to leave behind.
Remember there are some benefits to downsizing; reduced maintenance costs, easier upkeep, and no pressure to host large groups of people in your house.
How to reduce the extra stuff
Once you’re done listing everything you need in your new living space, the question of what to keep and what to dispose should be answered. Get rid of the most obvious things first, that way you’re left with fewer luggage to decide upon. Any broken item should be left behind – unless there are good reasons to bring it with you. Leave all duplicate items and anything else you keep around the house for no good reason. Unless there’s no other way to purchase a similar item, there’s no reason to pack it. Unnecessary glassware and china should be left behind or stored in a storage facility.
How to get rid of extra stuff
The easiest thing to do is to give your relatives some of the most useful or valuable family heirlooms. It’s also a way to avoid conflicts because family members tend to take it personally when you get rid of such items without offering to pass them over. If you only have younger family members with no interest in such things, then consider renting out a permanent storage space.
If you plan to move again at some point in the near future, then a storage space makes sense because it allows you to buy time. Ideally you want a small, safe space that doesn’t cost too much.
If storage is not an option, then you may consider selling. Be careful about selling things in a hurry because you’ll most likely sell at a loss. You need time, patience, and tact in order to raise a decent amount of money. Check out real estate companies in your area that handle yard sales; or get a friend to help you set it up yourself.
Moving into the new space
You will definitely have to sacrifice some comforts and items in order to fit into the new house. But as long as you’re willing to make it work, the experience might not be so bad. Just make sure your new living space meets your needs in terms of location, size, price, and style.
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